#VFD5 Preview – VMTurbo

VMTurboLogoSmOnce again it looks like I’m going to have to get on a plane and travel to the great US of A in order to see my fellow Toronto VMUG Co-leader Eric Wright, who lives within a couple hours of where I’m sitting right now!  But that’s ok, because Eric will be bringing with him the VMTurbo Virtualization Field Day 5 presentation in Boston!  For those that know or have heard Eric speak you will know what I mean – he certainly has a way of keeping the audience interested and getting his point across – a couple great qualities to have when speaking…

Disclaimer: As a Virtualization Field Day 5 delegate all of my flight, travel, accommodations, eats, and drinks are paid for. However I do not receive any compensation nor am I required to write anything in regards to the event or the sponsors. This is done at my own discretion.

Anyways, It feels like we just got done having a look at VMTurbo during VFD4 in Austin and here they are right back in front of us at VFD5 in Boston.  And a lot has changed since January with both the company and their flagship product Operations Manager – They’ve kicked their TurboFest User Groups into high gear, hosting meetings San Fran, London and Atlanta, they were named one of the best places to work by the Boston Business Journal, and Operations Manager 5.2 was released and with that came features such as QoS Adherance, more support at the application level in terms of MS SQL and Oracle, integration with Arista Networks to help make more “network aware decisions” and of course, now offering the complete package delivered thought a SaaS offering in Amazon AWS. So, yeah, they’ve been busy!

An economic look at your data center

If you haven’t had a look at Operations Manager you probably should.  VMTurbo takes a unique approach as it pertains to monitoring and tuning your environment to ensure you get to what they like to call “Data Center Nirvana”.  Essentially they take an economic model and apply it to your infrastructure – turning your data center into a supply chain.  By treating your resources, things like CPU, memory, disk, etc as suppliers and your VMs as consumers, VMTurbo is able to apply economic formulas to your infrastructure, increasing cost of resources when supply is sparse, and decreasing when it is bountiful.  By doing so Operations Manager is able to determine that while migrating a VM may make sense at eye level, costs may be too high on the other host, thus making recommendations to leave it be.  It’s an interesting way of looking at things and makes a lot of sense to me…

Now there is certainly a lot more to what Operations Manager does and I encourage you all to tune into VFD5 to learn all of it.  You can do so by heading over to the VFD5 page and watching the live stream, as well as keep up to date with all my content here.  VMTurbo is a fast growing company with a unique idea so I’m sure they will have something mind-blowing for us come next Wednesday when they kick off all that is VFD5!